Nice picture!He's so handsome!We had our first Rally trial last weekend.The course was so much easier than what we practiced in class.Everybody was very nice and supportive, very low key.They did excellent,advanced,novice, in descending order.Same basic course but the stewards go in and change the signage for the different levels.The judge could get through about 12 teams per hour,so if you count the entries you can time your arrival so you won't be way too early but still have time to acclimate.
I found it most helpful to practice the signs alone so there's no hesitation on your part to confuse your dog.
Samson slammed into my leg a couple of times on the weave(darn lefts!)Only lost two points there so no biggie.The judges aren't going to expect perfection at novice level so you'll be fine I'm sure!
Three people did NQ though.Two for a constantly tight leash and one fellow corrected his dog with a leash pop at the start sign.Automatic NQ for that.
Looking forward to hearing about Bob's first trial!
Samson Blk/Slvr GSD. RN
Misty Husky Mix
Z-Z Terrier/potato mix
Devo Yorkie Mix at the bridge
Dakota Wht GSD at the bridge